URJ President: "Just Solution" For Those Seeking Asylum In Israel

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New York, NY; April 2, 2018 - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below:

We applaud all those who demonstrated and raised their voices to promote a just solution for those seeking asylum in Israel. Working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Israel now has created a humane model for treating asylum seekers. We will keep our voices raised until the plan is fully executed according to the law.

How fitting that during the Passover holidays, Israel has shone a light unto the nations of the world for treating those who are escaping harm in their homelands to find sanctuary among the righteous. To all those who raised their voices in protest, lending support to this struggle, your actions mattered greatly. May other nations in the world, including the US, look righteously upon those among us who seek refuge, safety, and better lives.


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